The Walt Disney Co on Friday announced a deal with The Beatles' company, Apple Corps, to remake the band's movie Yellow Submarine in 3-D, extending the Fab Four's presence in the 21st century.
Disney also announced that the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean hit franchise would debut in summer 2011 with actor Johnny Depp reprising his starring role.
The new Pirates will be called Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
In addition, Disney said it was starting a new scary movie label venture with Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro called Disney Double Dare You.
Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook said the new Yellow Submarine will be directed by Robert Zemeckis using the same motion-capture effects employed in Polar Express.
It will incorporate the 16 Beatles songs and recordings from the original animated film, licensed from Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC and EMI Capitol Records. No release date was announced.
The original movie, about a peaceful, music-loving underwater community attacked by music-hating blue meanies, was released in the United States in 1968 and directed by George Dunning.
The Disney film project follows the worldwide release of The Beatles' remastered albums this week and an interactive video game.
The album collection is expected to rule the charts, lifting the fortunes of the group's label EMI Music and The Beatles' company, Apple Corps.
Jeff Jones, CEO of Apple Corps, said the deal with Disney brings together two of the best loved creative entities in the world.
Cook presented the projects at a four-day fan convention in Anaheim, California, that featured appearances by Depp in character as Captain Jack Sparrow.
The Pirates franchise has already grossed more than $2.6 billion in the global box office as well as a multi-million dollar merchandising campaign.
John Travolta, wife Kelly Preston and their daughter, Ella Bleu, who star together in the upcoming Old Dogs, made one of their first public appearances since the death of Travolta's son, Jett, in January.
Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus, one of Disney's hottest properties, sang for a crowd of about 5,000.
Cook introduced fans to the new Disney Double Dare You film label to be headed by del Toro, now directing back-to-back films based on The Hobbit.
The first Double Dare film, Trollhunters, is based on an original story by del Toro.
(Editing by Jill Serjeant and Xavier Briand)